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Brokenhead River Community Foundation
Communication & Marketing Associate


Summary
Under the direction of the Brokenhead River Community Foundation (BRCF) the Communication and Marketing Associate shall be responsible for the promotion of all communication and marketing related material related to the BRCF. The Communication and Marketing Associate will take the lead on communications, marketing and administrative related items and will work to maintain good working partnerships with various organizations within the Town of Beausejour and RM of Brokenhead area.

The Community and Marketing Associate is an ambassador for the BRCF to the community.  They must be an effective communicator of printed and spoken word with the ability to leverage the internet and social media platforms for the purposes of creating and maintaining content that engages and informs the community at large.  The use of these digital tools will be an integral part of growing the BRCF strategic direction and establishing the BRCF as a foundational organization of assistance and influence within the Beausejour and RM of Brokenhead community. 

Responsibilities
Grow the BRCF presence and influence through traditional communication platforms as well as through internet-based tools and social media platforms. Create, edit and distribute engaging and timely content for continuous promotion, run marketing campaigns and other growth initiatives through printed media, website or social media platforms. Maintain a WordPress website and upload content. Assist with fund development in idea generation, creation and fulfillment. Assist with strategic projects with direct guidance from the BRCF Board of Directors. Supporting the BRCF with reports and analysis and other administrative tasks. Establish and maintain an ongoing liaison with a variety of internal and external community groups and organizations, including the creation of mutually appropriate partnerships when warranted.  Serve as a central point of contact for information and resource materials for the BRCF. Assist local community groups and individuals for identifying possible funding opportunities, grants and other resources and to assist with the application process where necessary. 

Requirements & Personal Suitability
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. The ability to maintain confidentiality and to use tact and discretion when dealing with the public. Tech-savvy with well-honed marketing abilities to create engaging and informative material. Above average computer skills and knowledge of MS Office productivity software Excel, Power Point and Outlook. Knowledge of internet based productivity tools such as MS TEAMS, Google G-Suite or others. Knowledge of virtual meeting software (Zoom, MS TEAMS, etc). Experience with website maintenance and/or development.
Use and knowledge of creating digital multi-media video and audio content. Knowledge and proficiency of content creation on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or others.  Well versed in use and trends of communication and marketing in such things as:
Traditional forms of media (ie. newspaper & radio) Internet and social media platforms Publishing and maintaining public facing content for on point messaging and organizational branding Delivering current and appropriate content for existing and potential new donors or benefactors of the BRCF.
Able to research, analyze and summarize. Organized, independent self-starter that can manage projects or tasks with minimal supervision.  A general understanding of broader societal causes and an awareness of the needs and causes within the communities of the RM of Brokenhead & Beausejour.

Education, Knowledge and Experience 
Minimum of Grade 12 High School diploma. Degree, diploma or certificate in communications, journalism, marketing, information technology, information management, business administration, management or related field is an asset. Knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of community based charitable foundations for community development and growth. Experience working on committees, coordinating special events or community initiatives. Ability to maintain effective working relationship with variety of community groups, organizations or government agencies.
Ability to prepare and maintain records, reports or correspondence.

Working Conditions 
This position is a contract position.  This position is a term position reviewed and renewed annually. This position will work a 35-hour work week.
The position will require some occasional evening and weekend work with flexible hours available. This position will work from home, with office or meeting space available as needed, and will be provided a laptop and smart phone device by the BRCF. Participation in evening board of directors meeting (8-10 a year), either virtually or in-person, is required. Salary related to experience.

The Giving Challenge Week has arrived!

There’s never been a better time to help our community flourish forever! During Nov. 15 – 21, each $5 gift you make to the Brokenhead River Community Foundation is worth $7 during the Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge. The Winnipeg Foundation and the Manitoba Government will stretch each $5 gift made to our Unrestricted Fund with $1 each. Only gifts made between 12:01 a.m., Monday, Nov. 15 and 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 21 to the foundation’s unrestricted fund will be eligible.

Gifts can be made securely online at https://www.endowmb.org/community-foundations/brokenhead-river-community-foundation/  

By etransfer to brcf@brcfoundation.ca

By mail to Box 2225, Beausejour R0E0C0 with cheques payable to the Brokenhead River Community Foundation.

Cheques can also be dropped off at Sunova, Century 21 Sun Country Realty or at the Win a Wine Cellar evening.

Stretching your gift means even more benefit for our community. The Brokenhead River Community Foundation plays a vital, lasting role by supporting charitable projects that improve life for all of us. Our community foundation supports all aspects of life in the Beausejour/Brokenhead community, making grants to a wide variety of worthy causes by various community groups, organizations, and facilities. These grants are possible thanks to generous gifts from local donors from all walks of life. Community foundations pool and endow (permanently invest) all gifts and a portion of the income earned supports a variety of projects within the foundation’s catchment area. The original contributions are never spent, ensuring a lasting legacy for donors and a permanent source of support for the community.

Canada’s community foundation movement started in 1921 with the establishment of The Winnipeg Foundation. Today there are 56 community foundations in our province – more than a quarter of Canada’s total. These foundations are part of Manitoba’s history of generosity, a tradition in which we can all participate and take pride.

Nov. 15 – 21 is a great time to invest in the future of our community. (Of course, your local community foundation will be glad to receive your support at any time of year!) No matter the size of your gift, your contribution will improve life here for generations to come.

The Giving Challenge Week concludes with our Annual Win a Wine Cellar event which returns this year on November 20. It is once again being held at the Legion starting at 7PM.

The Win a Wine Cellar event is a fun evening designed to promote the Foundation while raising some funds for the foundation. Supporters of the community or foundation are asked to donate a bottle of wine (or two or??) to the foundation. The foundation in turn gathers all the bottles of wine donated and raffles them off with three lucky individuals sharing in all the wine donated. The last time we hosted the event in 2019 – 106 bottles of wine were donated and raffled off!

The evening also will feature presentations from this years Grant recipients. We will learn which groups received grants and what they will use the funding for. As well, the Foundation will host a short AGM that will showcase what we have been up to, what are current status is and future plans. An added feature is we will have some entertainment provided by local artist fuller hull – check out his website at https://fullerhull.ca/

You can support this event and Giving Challenge Week by donating wine, making a donation, spreading the word or all of the above. Any support is truly appreciated. Thank you!

Fall Granting Deadline is September 30!! See Grants page for information and application.

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Check out this video! Our president, Reg Black, was interviewed for Shaw Spotlight.

Mallory Black and Reg Black with the Senior Activity kits

The Brokenhead River Recreation Commission, with support from the  Brokenhead River Community Foundation and the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, assembled 150 activity kits for seniors who have been particularly affected by isolation due to Covid-19 in the Town of Beausejour and RM of Brokenhead, including Tyndall and Garson. We know these kits will provide some wonderful resources for activity and entertainment over the holidays and include holiday treats. Thank you to Brenda, Bonnie with the IERHA, the Beausejour Meditation Group and Brokenhead Outreach for Seniors for the help getting these kits together and distributed!  Also special thanks to Beausejour’s Post Office – the packages coming in for these kits were numerous and large!

Thank you to the Clipper Publishing Corp. for the printing of our activity booklets.  Thank you to Beausejour Coop, Beausejour Rexall and Beausejour Dollar Tree for helping with the large orders! Thank goodness we got things done before restrictions were put in place!

The Foundation, for the first time ever, offered Community Groups the opportunity to apply for Stabilization Grants this year. This new grant process is designed to help offset the operating costs due to lost revenues because of Covid-19. Below, Beausejour Curling Club (BCC) President Bruce Schade accepts funding from the Foundation to support the BCC.

Reg Black (president of the Brokenhead River Community Foundation) and Bruce Schade (president of the Beausejour Curling Club).

Foundation President Reg Black with The Breach Director Vanessa Kehler.  The Foundation was able to provide The Breach with funding from the Emergency Community Support Fund through the Community Foundations of Canada to support operational expenses at this community facility.

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The Emergency Community Support Fund was an initiative of the Federal Government to provide support to Communities affected by Covid-19.  Spearheaded by the Community Foundations of Canada, your Foundation was able to access funding on Phase 1 and Phase 2 of this program. The Association for Community Living (ACL) was awarded support in both Phases to go towards the purchase of a laptop for residents to communicate with family and towards the purchase of a van to assist in client needs. ACL Director of Operations Ashely Seymour accepts funding from Foundation President Reg Black.

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Len Kowalke from the Brokenhead River Community Hall accepts funding from the Foundation.  The Hall was provided a Stabilization Grant to help offset ongoing expenses of the Hall.  Due to Covid-19 the Hall has no current revenues because they remain closed.  The Foundation was able to provide some relief from its annual fall granting.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!

On behalf of the Board – and more importantly our Community – thank you to all those who made gifts to the Brokenhead River Community Foundation during the recent Giving Challenge. We are pleased to report that your donations over the week totalled $27,786.70!  With the additional bump up of $4,000 from The Winnipeg Foundation and the Province of Manitoba, the grand total is $31,786.70!! This is by far our best challenge yet!

The impact of this will be long lasting. These new funds raised are invested and never spent with just a portion of the interest going back into the Community annually.  The Foundation’s current spending policy is 4% so – without factoring growth of these funds – $1,271.47 goes back into the Community every year. Forever!

To learn more about your Foundation, like our Facebook page.

National Philanthropy Day

Today is National Philanthropy Day which is celebrated annually on November 15. This day signifies the importance of working together for the common good. Philanthropic deeds come in all different shapes and sizes — charitable giving, volunteering, etc. — and on National Philanthropy Day, no act of kindness goes unnoticed. 

Your Foundation has seen first hand these acts of kindness during the Giving Challenge week. Various Community stakeholders – residents (and former residents), businesses, community groups and municipal leaders – have made charitable gifts to the Foundation this week. Gifts that will last forever! To those who have made gifts to your Foundation this week – on behalf of our community – we sincerely thank you. 

The Recreation Commission started a video series called Feel Good Fridays (follow their Facebook page to see more). This week’s video showcases the Foundation where you can learn more about the Brokenhead River Community Foundation. It can be watched here:

https://www.facebook.com/brokenheadriver.recreation/videos/995160957635936/ 

There is still time to give towards the Giving Challenge week as it runs until midnight tonight – November 15th. Donations must be made by then to count towards the Giving Challenge. Gifts can be made online  https://www.endowmanitoba.ca/…/brokenhead-river…/ Cheques can be dropped off in the secure drop box by the rear door of Century 21 Sun Country Realty at 644 Park Ave. The Foundation also accepts e-transfers at brcf@brcfoundation.ca or you can contact Carol at 204.266.0117 for other giving options.

Any gifts are truly appreciated. You can also show your support by sharing this information or liking our Facebook page for future Community updates.

Thank you,

The Board of the Brokenhead River Community Foundation

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Day 2 of Giving Challenge week and another great donation! Foundation Director Zane Hunter accepts a cheque from Melissa Marginet and Cpl. David Ogungbemi. The donated funds are from the former local Dare program. Thank you for the $5,826.51 donation! Please consider a donation this week to support your community. https://www.endowmanitoba.ca/…/brokenhead-river…/

Also like our Facebook page to see more information or community updates.

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Wow!  What a great way to start our Giving Challenge Week!  Thanks Tim Hortons!

Since mid-March, Covid 19 has certainly presented challenges to many community groups and organizations. The normal operations and functions of these groups/organizations have dramatically changed. At top of mind for many is that normal fundraising events and activities have either been cancelled or postponed creating a large impact to any projects or good works that would normally occur in our community.

 Your Foundation is no different as the special events and fundraising initiatives we normally do have been cancelled. Usually at this time of year we would be planning for our Win a Wine Cellar event at the Legion in which you may have supported or attended or both.

 On a positive note, the Brokenhead River Community Foundation was fortunate to participate in the Community Foundations of Canada Emergency Support Fund. In September we were able to provide grants totaling $40,000 into the community to support the Association for Community Living, the Recreation Commission, the Community Kitchen, the Breach Drop in Centre and the SunGro Centre.

 Recently the Brokenhead River Community Foundation Board approved its 2021 Grants. This year, besides its normal grant application process, the Foundation offered the opportunity for community groups to apply for a Stabilization Grant. The Stabilization Grant was designed to assist those community groups who were or are dramatically affected by Covid 19. A total of 10 applications were received seeking $68,721 in assistance.

 The foundation only had $26,000 available to disburse and chose to support the Stabilization Grants this year. The Garson Arena, Beausejour Curling Club and the Brokenhead River Community Hall were approved for funding.

A second round of the Emergency Support Fund is available and the Foundation has up to $30,000 available. An announcement on the results of this program will be announced soon. The total of the three grant programs this year would be $96,000 to support local community groups and organizations!

 But the asks by the community are much larger than what we can support so there may never be a better time to help our community flourish forever!

 The Brokenhead River Community Foundation encourages residents of Beausejour and the RM of Brokenhead to make a gift during the week of Nov. 9 – 15 as part of the Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge.

 For this week only, each $5 gift you make becomes $7! The Winnipeg Foundation will stretch each $5 gift made to the Unrestricted Community Fund with $1. The Manitoba government continues their commitment to Manitoba community foundations with their support of the Endow Manitoba Giving Challenge 2020. The province will also contribute $1 for every $5 gift. Online gifts can be made securely through this link https://www.endowmanitoba.ca/community-foundations/brokenhead-river-community-foundation/ . But remember – please make a gift between November 9-15!

 “This is a great opportunity to support your community Foundation,” says Reg Black, President, Brokenhead River Community Foundation. “Of course, we welcome gifts at any time, but giving between Nov. 9 – 15 means extra support. We’re so excited to see what our community can accomplish!”

 Gifts made between November 9 – 15 will help grow the Foundation’s capacity to support a wide range of charitable projects in the Beausejour/Brokenhead area for generations to come. Donations to a community foundation are pooled and permanently invested. The gifted donations are never spent and the money will always stay in the community. Every year, these investments generate money that is distributed to support local charitable needs.

 Community foundations provide support that lasts forever. Manitoba is home to 56 community foundations – more than any other area of the country. Every year, these foundations invest millions of dollars into a wide range of local charitable projects. They help ensure our hometowns are vibrant and thriving.

 Besides the online donation option, donors can mail donations made payable to the Brokenhead River Community Foundation and mailed to Box 2225, Beausejour, R0E0C0. All donations must be dated between November 9th to 15th and received no later than the 15th. Donations can also be dropped off that week at Century 21 Sun Country Realty. E-transfers can be sent to the Brokenhead River Community Foundation at brcf@brcfoundation.ca or contact us for more giving options.

 Important Information

On behalf of the Board of the Brokenhead River Community Foundation (BRCF), we would like to inform all community groups and organizations of some important information.  The BRCF is a non-profit organization created to provide financial support to charitable, educational, cultural and recreation projects to benefit our community.  We are a charity, built by generous donors, that supports our community and we do it in a sustainable way.  Donors to the BRCF work with others who are also passionate about making our community the best it can be. We are stronger when we work together and we have a greater impact too.  All gifts to the foundation are pooled and invested – forever – with just a portion of the interest earned on those investments gifted back into the community by way of scholarships and bursaries to graduating students and by way of grants to community groups and organizations.

Whether or not you are familiar with the foundation, and whether or not your group has applied for a grant previously, you will find attached a couple of documents for your reference.

The first is the BRCF Annual Grant Application. If your group is planning any projects for the upcoming year, you may want to consider applying for financial assistance from the BRCF.  The yearly deadline for submissions is September 30th, for projects that can be completed by August 31st the following year.  Please note that organizations must demonstrate a financial commitment of a minimum of 25% towards the project.  The other document attached is a Stabilization Grant Application. There has been ongoing discussions at various levels of government and within the foundation movement regarding the health and wellbeing of community groups and organizations. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, fundraising activities are challenging and as a result there is a real concern that some small groups or organizations may be facing a significant financial impact.  Your foundation is fully aware of the enormous challenges that local groups and organizations are facing this year due to the pandemic.  Many community events have either been postponed or cancelled out right.  Many community groups have lost most or all of their traditional forms of fundraising. Some groups or organizations may even be struggling to operate or stay afloat until they can restart their fundraising. Some may also be experiencing increased expenses to operate or function. 

Our Foundation realizes these are unprecedented times, and we don’t know how long it may last. The last thing anyone wants to see is a local group or organization struggle financially or fold.  With that in mind, at a recent meeting of the BRCF Board, a decision was made to offer a Stabilization Grant this fall to local organizations/groups that require financial assistance to help with operational expenses during the 20/21 season. The deadline for submissions for this COVID initiative is also September 30th.

Should you have any questions regarding either of these BRCF initiatives, please reach out to us.

BROKENHEAD RIVER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION grant application form- Aug, 2020

Stabilization Grant

Brokenhead River Community Foundation President Reg Black was very pleased to be able to present an Emergency Community Support Fund grant to Megan Baker, the Program Director for the Recreation Commission. The funding of $10,000 was used to assist with the development of activity kits for summer camp participants and children in the community who are in need.

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Exciting news about your Foundation:  Clipping

Granting Procedure Has Changed

Our Foundation has moved to a fall granting timeline for the 2019 granting year.  Applications for grants for the 2019 year will be due by September 30th, 2018.  The Grants Review Committee will study the applications and make recommendations to the board.  The final decision will be made by the board at the October meeting.  Grant recipients will then have until August of 2019 to complete their projects and submit their final reports to the Foundation before the grant money will be issued.

The Brokenhead River Community Foundation is a proud member of Community Foundations of Canada.

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